Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Chicago White Sox during Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 6, 2012.
Colby Lewis didn't have a great day on Monday when you look at the box score of the Texas Rangers' Cactus League game.
The best postseason pitcher in Rangers history, who hasn't pitched in a big-league game since July 2012, made his Cactus League debut on Monday in Arizona. And despite not even getting out of the first inning and throwing 32 pitches, Lewis was encouraged by his outing, and so was his club.
“The intensity was definitely up and I know that would be a little bit of an issue when it came to commanding the ball,” Lewis said, via The Dallas Morning News. “But I have a longer stride now because I’ve got more flexibility and rotation in my hip. It’s just going to take some more reps to find the right release point. The more I get, the better I think I will feel."
Lewis' hip resurfacing surgery has, so far, helped alleviate any and all pain from his chronically bad hip, and that's changing everything about him as a pitcher — his delivery, his release point, his stride, everything. The fact that Lewis felt no pain after the outing is all that should be taken from his "bad" outing.
It's going to take some time for Lewis to find his control again — 15 of his 32 pitches were strikes — with all the new mechanics in his delivery. But once he does, you have to like Lewis' chances to be a key contributor on a staff that needs every key contributor they can possibly get right now.